Energy-efficiency incentives from Entergy Arkansas have helped Arkansas State University-Beebe’s campuses save money by reducing the amount of electricity they need to operate, according to a news release.
“The benefits gained from the partnerships between Entergy Arkansas, Johnson Controls and the ASU system in the modernization of our energy management project at ASU-Beebe’s campuses in Beebe, Searcy and Heber Springs have been tremendous,” said Roger Moore, vice chancellor for finance and administration at ASU-Beebe. “This energy management upgrade will not only produce energy efficiencies resulting in financial savings for years to come but also will help us be a much ‘greener’ college by allowing us to reduce our overall carbon footprint. Partnerships and projects like this pay significant and lasting dividends not only for the university but also for our students and other constituents, who will enjoy a cleaner, safer and more comfortable learning environment.”
ASU-Beebe received a $106,575 incentive check for participating in Entergy Arkansas’ CitySmart Program. The school used the money to purchase and install LED lights throughout the Beebe, Searcy and Heber Springs campuses. The university also is improving the efficiency of its HVAC equipment and controls and will allow it to earn more incentives through the CitySmart program.
“Entergy Arkansas appreciates the opportunity to help ASU-Beebe reduce their electricity usage,” said Flave Carpenter, customer service representative. “By replacing inefficient lighting and equipment, the college should realize lower electric bills as well as a reduction in maintenance costs. We are pleased that Entergy Arkansas is able to offset some of the initial cost of replacement.”
The CitySmart program serves schools, cities, counties and other public entities and is one of Entergy Arkansas’ energy-efficiency programs offered for business and residential customers. Entergy Arkansas, a subsidiary of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp., has 700,000 electricity customers in 63 counties.
ASU-Beebe has campuses in Beebe, Searcy, Heber Springs and at Little Rock Air Force Base and provides higher education to 3,739 students and employs 499 people in five counties in central Arkansas.